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  1. He’s pretty busy right now but I was cleaning up his electrical a bit before he drove across country. He has one if the light control devices below (I have the same but not yet mounted. It requires only a single line into a control pad in the cabin (I think he used the clutch delete to pass through the firewall). Another line runs up the edge of the passenger side windshield (with his black color it’s pretty well hidden) to his rack. All of his exterior lighting is controlled by that pad & it sits in front of the shifter. 8 Gang LED On-off Car Control Switch Panel with Wiring Harness and Label Stickers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NRS53X4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_9iQXjlqrzAMo6
  2. He’s pretty busy right now but I was cleaning up his electrical a bit before he drove across country. He has one if the light control devices below (I have the same but not yet mounted. It requires only a single line into a control pad in the cabin (I think he used the clutch delete to pass through the firewall). Another line runs up the edge of the passenger side windshield (with his black color it’s pretty well hidden) to his rack. All of his exterior lighting is controlled by that pad & it sits in front of the shifter. 8 Gang LED On-off Car Control Switch Panel with Wiring Harness and Label Stickers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NRS53X4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_9iQXjlqrzAMo6
  3. It looks GREAT in person. This was just one of the many shuttle runs we’ve done between Portland & Seattle to exchange parts. Here, @02_Pathy donated his old Falkens to me when he upsized on his rig. Watching him drive away, I can’t help but think it’s probably the best looking R50 out there!
  4. It’s an MCC from Australia-bought & shipped out of New Zealand. It looks great!
  5. A new addition to the barn this summer - these are day of sale pics. My goal had been a clone of my Pathy for eventual total parts interchangability or in house donor. An ‘02 would also get me the best OEM LS & a cabled throttle. I only had a limited time to purchase & overhaul it before it would be out of town for a year or so. [mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] spotted this one & a month later we had inspected it and I bought it. It’s the exact same exterior color & built just one month after my Pathy. The tan interior doesn’t match my Pathy & all my spares - plus it will make it harder to obscure gear left in the truck - but overall, I’m happy to have it. Only 123K & once we maintenance it & freshen the suspension, it should last a long time. Let the overhaul & modding begin! Many thanks to [mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] who has been heavily involved in every step of this process. As you can see - I didn’t even get it home before we’d removed the brushgaurds & he’d polished the headlights back to clarity.
  6. Well, I’m not sure there’s any more difficult test bed than your truck. You have extreme terrain and extreme climate - coupled with skilled driving.
  7. Ditto, I just bought my whole rear end from 4x4 Parts (Automotive Customizers). They have everything in stock & it came reasonably quickly. Shipping was atrocious - as usual. I did see a guy who tried these & would be interested in others’ experience. Certainly less expensive than Automotive Overchargers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BXH1C5Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_9Z3Z09CD0Y38HEG721ZY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 I also read a recommendation to mount poly bushings with silicone paste as a lubricant to prevent squeaking & to make insertion easier. Curious to hear if anyone else has done this & what opinions are regarding it. Finally, another pearl of wisdom I ran across was to put a C-clamp on each side of the split bushings once mounted & let them sit for several hours to let the air captured during insertion work its way out so that they sit in closer together & installation is easier.
  8. My truck never had the side bumpers & I’ve harvested them off another truck. It should be painted metal underneath - though UV changes to the clearcoat may leave you with a ghost image. Personally, I’d just seal the fenders on with the Rhino liner. If you remove them, I’d remove the clips & fill the holes. Personally, I think the truck looks incomplete without fenders, but it definitely looks incomplete with all the mounting holes showing.
  9. Looks Great!! Are you the KiwiFinder now?
  10. FIRST step of any 2001-4 R50 ownership - secure the powervalves! My new Q went under the knife with Dr. TowndawgR50 yesterday. After I bought this truck, it literally sat here in my drive until the parts came in and we could get this done. Having lost the pristine engine on my original owner Pathy, there was no way I was going to risk this truck. All 6 were in still in place, unlike the 5 missing screws & one displaced butterfly valve when my Pathy blew. These two were manufactured only 1 month apart. 15 years & 102K on mine when it went, 19 years & 123K on this one. As always, thanks a million[mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] For any who haven’t done it on a late model auto R50: http://www.nissanpathfinders.net/forum/topic/17104-threadlocker-on-power-valve-screws-pics/page-1 (Keen eyes will note the OEM front bumper in the pic - I just brought that up from a visit to @‘02_Pathy in Portland with@TowndawgR50. Expect something interesting from him soon)
  11. Great looking truck! Huge modification with a VERY clean appearance. Great style!
  12. Took advantage of the warm weather to use the carpet cleaner on the R50 mats & carpets. Ironically, none of them are actually from my Pathy. That grey rug is a spare from one I stripped & I may have failed to mention that I recently bought a QX4 as well. It was manufactured 1 month after my Pathy & is the identical color. You can see it sporting my signature punched nose look in the background.
  13. All of your work has been beautiful & creative. Did you do the outside of the drum? Mine look terrible & I’ve been wanting to wire brush & paint them. I’m resisting the urge to paint them red..
  14. Wow! You must have run into some extra time! That’s alot you got done. I certainly know about parts waiting in the garage for install - it took 4 years to put my winch on & I still haven’t wired it. I have several goodies from you waiting for install as well.
  15. You’ll have to give me some local pearls of wisdom as I’ll be spending some time down there for a while. Previously, I’ve largely just driven through & of course I’ve driven the Rogue, the coast, Crater Lk, etc.
  16. Google a part number & alot of options will pop up. Google even tells you on a bunch of them if they are no tax or free shipping. I frequently switch my source based on who has the cheapest price, shipping & no tax. And if course there’s RockAuto with their ever present 5% off. DesertRat.com is another reliable source & my preference over 4WheelParts whom I try to avoid. I try to give 4x4parts.com (AC) as little business as possible as their shipping is obscene. Here are 3 examples of parts searches: OEM Replacement Parts Strut Bearing [54325-5V000] $48.54=$24.27x2 Spring Seat [54034-0W000] $45.42=$22.71x2 Bellows & Bump Stop [54050-0W002] $38.86=$19.43x2 Did NOT use: Upper Seat Rubber Bumper (NOT rubber) $22.50=$11.25x2 $173.17 ($155.32+$17.85s) infinitipartsdeal.com ENGINE Gaskets $89.36 Upper Seal [54034-0W000] $53.36($26.68 x2) Upper Insulator Bearing [54325-5V000] $45.16($22.58 x2) Thermostat [21200-4W01B] $21.32 Gasket [16175-4W000] $4.33 Plenum Gasket [14033-4W000] $5.15 Plenum Gasket [14033-4W010] $11.88 Valve Cover Gasket [13270-8J102] $14.63 Valve Cover Gasket [13270-8J112] $15.39 Engine Intake Manifold Gasket [14032-4W00A] $34.80 Thermostat Gasket [13050-31U00] $4.31 Water Valve [21230-6N20A] $12.44 $238.75($222.77+$15.98s)@Arizona Infiniti Parts www.arizonainfinitiparts.com SUSPENSION FRONT: KYB Excel-G Strut, Front Left, 4WD [335033] $57.79 KYB Excel-G Strut, Front Right, 4WD [335032] $57.79 KYB Strut Bellow [sB129] $21.60($10.80 x2) Moog Stabilizer Bar End Link / Bushing, Rear 4WD [K80435] $34.84($17.42x2) Moog Stabilizer Bar End Link / Bushing, Front [K90659] $34.64($17.32x2) $ 263.50($ -$10.33 5% Discount+$42.99s+$24.18t)@RockAuto
  17. Man, I’m so glad you’re okay. Those pics are tough to look - not just from the pity of a ruined Pathy but the clear risk you experienced. I imagine that was a bit terrifying.
  18. I’d get the ARB OME struts just because they’re the best ride & reliability. I don’t like how much more expensive they are but I’m usually building for long term. Also, having driven the truck for 19 years, I’m particularly sensitive to changes in ride. Anyway, due to time & availability constraints, it looks like I’ll be get the KYB Excel-G because they’re available. I’m really only lifting it because I figure it needs a suspension refresh - my ‘02 Pathy did by 90K & this one is about 120K. If I’m going to replace the suspension, I might as well get a little lift out of it. Ride & reliability will be my primary objectives as I won’t have a garage or tools where I’m taking & leaving it. It will be my daily commuter when I’m in town but will also allow me to do some hiking, fishing & offroad exploration for a little fun here & there. I originally thought medium duty springs would be fine but [mention=37543]TowndawgR50[/mention] convinced me to build for the future - plus a slightly higher lift will help match the extra LR springs & shocks he has lying around. I do have some concerns it might be a bit stiff but the combo drives beautifully on my Path. My wife thinks this truck is for temporary use during this job - I expect I won’t want to sell it. It’s alot of vehicle for the $. Seeing comparable 4Runners, Tacomas & Tundras go for 2-4x the money but with more miles has made me all the more grateful I’m in the know regarding R50s. When it eventually cones home, it will be my hardware store & trailer hauler & an extra for guests - my Pathy will retire to full “Toy” status.
  19. Curious where you posted it for sale? I’ve been cruising FB Marketplace, OfferUp & Craigslist for 2001-4 R50s over the last 4-8 weeks & didn’t see it. I included all of WA & OR in that range & it was picking up Spokane & Boise trucks.
  20. Thanks, that’s usefull. Does yours click multiple times on turning the truck off? This is brand “new” to me but looks to still be original everything (except the right front fender which has maroon tabs in the bay). Currently unlifted but I’m planning on a mild lift, ARB OME HD springs up front & Bilsteins & LR 9446 springs in back. I was going to do ARB ONE struts up front but the N146S are out of stock nationally for months & this truck has to leave town at the end of the month. Consequently, I’ll probably put KYB Excel-G struts on.
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